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October 2013, Issue N° 12 
inside 01. inside One Thousand and One Manuscripts
inside 02. inside e-codices' Annotation Tool
inside 03. inside Bernese Prudentius Manuscript
inside 04. inside Europeana and MESA
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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 7, p. 1r (detail) – Genus Arati

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The e-codices team
October 2013

One Thousand and One Manuscripts on e-codices

Cologny, Fondation Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 550, p. 36r (detail) - “The story of Seyf ol-Molûk and Badî`ol-Jamâl"

e-codices has been digitizing manuscripts since 2005, and by now we cooperate with all major manuscript libraries in Switzerland. With this new update with 20 more manuscripts, we will surpass 1,000 manuscripts.

We are celebrating this milestone with a manuscript written in Persian containing a tale from One Thousand and One Nights.

By the way, Switzerland has about 7,500 medieval manuscripts and several times as many modern manuscripts. Making all these manuscripts accessible on the Internet in an exemplary manner within the next several years remains e-codices’ ambitious, but, in our opinion, quite realistic and definitely desirable goal.

A powerful Wiki for Manuscripts: e-codices’ new Annotation Tool

With this new update, it will be possible to log in as a user on the overview page for each individual manuscript and to add comments as in a wiki. It is possible to add bibliographical information and to comment on each individual manuscript.

Furthermore, it is possible to comment on the bibliographical information as well as on the comments, leading to discussions about the literature or about the comments.

More information on the e-codices' Annotation Tool here.

Bernese Prudentius Manuscript

Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 264, p. 4 – Prudentius, Carmina

The richly illustrated Prudentius manuscript was created around 900 in the area of Lake Constance. The manuscript contains all seven of the poems published by Prudentius in the year 405, as well as a later added eighth work.
The codex was a gift from Bishop Erchenbald of Strasbourg (965-991) to the Strasbourg Cathedral; later it was owned by Jacques Bongars.

We thank the Burgerbibliothek of Bern for generously making this outstanding example of Carolingian book art available on e-codices.

e-codices on Europeana and MESA

In April we were able to report that the e-codices OAI interface had been harvested by The European Library. Since early August, these data have been forwarded from The European Library to Europeana. We are looking forward to see the impact of this service.

Another portal that has imported all 968 medieval manuscripts is MESA. What is MESA? “The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) is a federated international community of scholars, projects, institutions, and organizations engaged in digital scholarship within the field of medieval studies. [...] MESA seeks to foster community for those engaged in digital medieval studies and to meet emerging needs of this community, including making recommendations on technological and scholarly standards for electronic scholarship, the aggregation of data, and the ability to discover and repurpose this data. [...] Using the Collex interface, MESA aggregates the best scholarly resources in medieval studies and make them fully searchable and interoperable. This interface also provides a collection and authoring space in which researchers can create and publish their own work.” (https://www.facebook.com/MedievalElectronicScholarlyAlliance/info)